West African Senior School Certificate Examination

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The West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) is a type of standardized test in West Africa. It is administered by the West African Examinations Council . It is only offered to candidates residing in Anglophone West African countries. The academic school-leaving qualification awarded upon successful completion of the exams is the West African Senior School Certificate (WASSCE)

The examinations[edit]

There are two different types of the examination:

  • WASSCE (November/December) - Also known as the General Certificate Examinations (GCE), by its former name; all students from private and public schools are allowed to take this examination, and uniforms are not compulsory. However, other rules and regulations are applied on every candidate. This examination is only offered during the autumn season, and the results are available by December.
  • WASSCE (May/June) - Also known as the Senior School Certificate Examinations (SSCE), by its former name; this examination is made for all private and public schools in West Africa. They must also wear distinctive uniforms as described in the standards set by the school boards. This examination is offered during the summer (May to June), and the results are available by August.


The following subjects are offered for West African Senior School Certificate Examination candidates:[1]

  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Geography
  • Technical Drawing
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Fine Art
  • Music
  • French
  • Commerce
  • Economics
  • French

∗Book keeping

  • Local Languages in Ghana: [2]
   * Nzema
   *Twi (Akuapem)
   *Twi (Asante)         
  • Hausa Language
  • Ibo Language
  • Yoruba Language
  • Government

ɒ==WAEC grading system==

Grades Definition Interpretation Equivalent
A1 Excellent 75%- 100% 1
B2 Very Good 74% -70% 2
B3 Good 65% - 69% 3
C4 Credit 60%- 64% 4
C5 Credit 61% - 64% 5
C6 Credit 50% - 60% 6
D7 Pass 45% - 49% 7
E8 Pass 40% - 44% 8
F9 Fail 0% - 39% 9

Official guideline for university admission[edit]

Candidates are advised that they will be required to satisfy not only the university's general entrance requirements but also the requirements of the particular faculty which they wish to enter and that these requirements vary considerably. Particulars of entrance requirements and exemption regulations may be obtained from the universities or professional bodies concerned.


Students who choose to study in Nigerian universities are required to sit for the entrance examinations administered by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). This is also required while applying to almost all private universities including the best school in West Africa which is Covenant University.[citation needed]

United Kingdom[edit]

Universities in the United Kingdom may in addition, require candidates to complete a one-year foundation course or acceptable alternative.[3]

References and footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations", http://www.waecnigeria.org/
  2. ^ "WASSCE", http://www.ghanawaec.org/Exams/WASSCE.aspx
  3. ^ "Guidelines for university entrance", http://www.waecnigeria.org/exams_3.htm.

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